OVERVIEW: This small island nation, which includes a mix of Sunni and Shiite Muslims, is connected to Saudi Arabia by a causeway and is frequently referred to as the “Saudi playground” because Saudis can leave their oppressive homeland and enjoy more freedom in Bahrain. While maintaining a distinctly Muslim identity, Bahrain has experienced significant religious, political and economic division. This unrest, coupled with the faithful witness of Arab and immigrant Christian workers, has led to a season of openness and some response to the gospel among those indigenous to Bahrain.
MAJOR RELIGIONS: 70 percent of Bahrainis are Shiite Muslims and 30 percent are Sunni Muslims.
PERSECUTOR: Families are the main persecutors, but the government occasionally imprisons or harasses a new Christian.
WHAT IT MEANS TO BE A CHRISTIAN IN BAHRAIN: Christian converts from Islam often lose their job, family and position in society. However, some still gather to worship in secret.
ACCESS TO BIBLES: Bahrainis have access to Scriptures through the Internet, book stores and churches.
VOM WORK: VOM supports evangelists who work throughout the Arabian Peninsula and distributes Bibles and other Christian literature. We also support media ministries by following up with those who contact the ministry.